I was reminded of a BBC report I heard early in the war, in March, interviewing a Canadian soldier
Canadian special forces don't deny New York Times report that commandos are in Ukraine https://t.co/LZeQJoVFya— The Vancouver Sun (@VancouverSun) June 28, 2022
...a few dozen commandos from NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, had been working inside Ukraine. The United States withdrew its own 150 military instructors before the war began in February.But the New York Times, citing three U.S. officials, reported that special forces from the NATO countries either remained or had gone in and out of Ukraine since then, training and advising Ukrainian troops and providing an on-the-ground conduit for weapons and other aid.U.S. special forces have also established a coalition planning cell in Germany to co-ordinate military assistance to Ukrainian commandos and other Ukrainian troops, the New York Times reported. The cell, which has grown to 20 nations, is modelled after a similar structure the U.S. and its NATO allies used in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Secretary Christine E. Wormuth has confirmed the cell provides intelligence and co-ordination for the flow of NATO weapons into Ukraine, allowing such convoys to avoid Russian attacks.
⚡️Update: Death toll of Russian missile attack on Kremenchuk shopping mall rises to 18.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) June 28, 2022
This is a developing story. Follow the latest updates herehttps://t.co/qQTnhCIORg
“This shopping centre had the biggest toy store in the city. How could this be a strategic object?” Anger and disbelief in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, as rescuers continue to search for survivors of the Russian attack. My report from the scene https://t.co/Ni8T0vfBJg pic.twitter.com/MQ2PuE0mSh— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) June 28, 2022
ISW- "A Russian missile strike hit a shopping mall in a residential area of Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast on June 27... The Kremenchuk strike follows a wider intensification of Russian missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure and civilian targets in recent days (1/3) pic.twitter.com/NjT4Ttzdez— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) June 28, 2022
NEW: U.S. believes that Ukrainian troops are inflicting significant costs on the Russians in the Donbas despite the retreat from Sieverodonetsk: senior defense official— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) June 27, 2022
"The Ukrainians are making them pay for a very small piece of ground," the official said.
Russian fans have to look at the term “Pyrrhic victory”, two weeks of RU artillery ammo wasted on empty buildings and plants, RU armoured units not engaging the fight for the urban environment leaving alone the RU infantry with worst equipment than the UKR one.— Ivan Vacca (@IvanVacca3) June 26, 2022
Several weeks ago, Markos at Daily Kos described the Russian way of "fighting" wars now: blowing enemy towns to smithereens, then advancing their tanks across the rubble, and calling it a victory.
Russia's advances in Ukraine "are dependent almost entirely on the expenditure of vast quantities of ammunition, notably artillery shells, which are being fired at a rate almost no military in the world would be able to sustain for long."@LizSly https://t.co/Ef2HLvnwup— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) June 27, 2022